In this era of dwindling government research funding and support for research fellowships, the ASE Foundation plays a crucial role in supporting the progress and future of our field through investment in the discovery process and in the careers of investigators. Funding in this area preserves dedicated time for investigators through research grants, and also creates opportunities for researchers to interact with global experts in cardiovascular ultrasound, building relationships that lead to future research and professional collaborations.

Research Studies 

Pamela S. Douglas, MD, FASE Research Scholar Award

NEW: The Pamela S. Douglas, MD, FASE Research Scholar Award will support the future of echocardiographic research by granting one-year (12 months) scholarships to support clinical or translational research scholars in advanced cardiovascular ultrasound research. One scholarship of $75,000 USD will be awarded every alternate year.

Support this award by donating to the Pamela S. Douglas, MD, FASE Research Scholar Fund.

Application for 2023 funding cycle will open in August 1, 2022.


2021 Pamela S. Douglas, MD, FASE Research Scholar Award Recipient:

Yasufumi Nagata, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

“I am deeply grateful and excited to receive the Pamela S. Douglas, MD, FASE Research Scholar Award. It will advance my career growth as an independent investigator conducting impactful echocardiography-based research. It provides an opportunity to connect advanced echocardiographic technology with physiology to find innovative solutions for reducing mitral valve regurgitation and heart failure in patients with cardiac dysfunction. I am inspired by the leadership role model of Dr. Pamela Douglas and by mentors who include Drs. Judy Hung and Robert Levine in Boston, Yutaka Otsuji and Masaaki Takeuchi of Sangyo Medical University, William Zoghbi and Carlos El-Tallawi with their novel measurement of 3D mitral valve strain as a noninvasive window into cardiac biomechanics, and Joyce Bischoff and Elena Aikawa in Boston to bridge echocardiography with cellular and molecular therapeutic targets for clinical translation and improved patient outcomes.”

Innovation in Cardiovascular Ultrasound Research Grants

NEW in 2021: The ASE Foundation offered two grants of up to $45,000 each for meritorious echocardiographic research proposals relevant to the innovation cardiovascular ultrasound. Of particular interest were proposals that expand the key role of echocardiography, or the development of novel technology, in clinical diagnosis or management. Additional information available here.

2021 Innovation in Cardiovascular Ultrasound Research Grant Recipients:

  • Olivier Villemain, MD, PhD, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto for “Myocardial Stiffness and Coronary Microperfusion Assessment for Early Detection of Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy in Children After Cardiac Transplantation: Human Application of Ultrafast Ultrasound Imaging”
  • Bethel Woldu, MD, MPH, Medstar Heart and Vascular Institute for “Non-invasive Assessment of Myocardial Work to Differentiate TTR Cardiac Amyloidosis from Hypertensive Cardiomyopathy”

E21 Research Grant for Clinician-Scientist and Engineering Partnership Program

This program provided funding for research that aimed to use engineering solutions to solve a relevant clinical problem in cardiovascular ultrasound. In 2019, the ASE Foundation offered funding in partnership with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the National Board of Echocardiography, Inc., Bracco, Inc., and Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. Three grants of up to $200,000 each were available and the recipients were also eligible for travel support to present the results of their projects at future ASE and AIUM scientific meetings.

2019 E21 Research Grant Recipients:

  • Oliver Kripfgans, PhD, FAIUM, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, for Bedside Cardiovascular Monitoring of Neonates with Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Babak Nazer, MD, Knight Cardiovascular Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, for Echocardiographic Optimization of Ultrasound Septal Reduction for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Patricia Pellikka, MD, FASE, Division of Cardiovascular Ultrasound, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, for DeepEcho: Echocardiogram Image Normalization Using Deep Learning for Detection and Prognostication of Heart Failure

The ASE Foundation Value Grant

The Foundation’s 2014 Value Grant was a $200,000 multi-year grant targeting fusion imaging. Learn more about this study here: “Echocardiographic Evaluation of Hemodynamic Significance of Coronary Stenosis in Patients with Chest Pain Undergoing CT Angiography.”

2014 – 2015 Value Grant Recipient:  

  • Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, FASE, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, FASE, presented the results of this research project at the 2017 Scientific Sessions. The full presentation is available below:


Research Investigator Support

The presentation of original research on the latest advances in cardiovascular ultrasound from around the world is an integral component of ASE’s educational meetings. Young researchers are the scientific heart of our field, and each year ASE Foundation funding supports competitions to recognize exceptional work and travel grants to assist investigators with their travel expenses.

Top Investigator Travel Grant

The presentation of original research from around the world illustrating exciting new developments in cardiovascular ultrasound is an integral component of ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions. Each year, a special group of investigators are selected as the ASE Foundation’s Top Investigators. These early career abstract presenters are selected by the Abstract Chairs based on the scientific merit of their research projects and are awarded grants to offset his/her Scientific Sessions travel expenses. Beginning in 2018, the Alan S. Pearlman Research Award was established to honor Dr. Pearlman’s ten years of service as JASE Editor-In-Chief Supported by a grant to the ASE Foundation by Elsevier, this annual award of $1,000 is given to the overall highest scoring investigator.

Bliss Uribe, BS

2021 Alan S. Pearlman Research Award Winner:
Bliss Uribe, BS, 
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

2021 Top Investigator Grant Recipients

  • Kasey Chaszczewski, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jennifer Cohen, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
  • Esther Davis, MBBS, DPhil, Echocardiography Laboratory, Cardiology Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Mansi Gaitonde, MD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Peter Huntjens, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
  • C. Charles Jain, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Ilya Karagodin, MD, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Billal Mohmand, MD, SUNY Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, NY
  • Koya Ozawa, MD, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
  • Hena Patel, MD, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Trisha Patel, MD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Aly Safwat, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Jenna Schauer, MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • Amita Singh, MD, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Nanda Siva, BS, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Adam Skaff, MD, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
  • Dylan Sperling, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
  • Nadav Willner, MD, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Neal Yuan, MD, Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Click here for a list of past Top Investigator Travel Grant recipients.

Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition

Young investigators under the age of 40 who are no more than five years from the end of their training are eligible for this annual competition supported by the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) in honor of their first president, Arthur E. Weyman, MD, FASE. Four finalists are selected to present their research to a panel of experts during the opening plenary sessions of the Annual ASE Scientific Sessions in June. The winner is then invited to present his/her research at the upcoming European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging’s EuroEcho-Imaging meeting in December, and the Japanese Society of Echocardiography’s Annual Scientific Meeting the following spring.

2021 Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition Winner:
Malamo Countouris, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Click here for a list of past Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition winners.

Brian Haluska Sonographer Research Award Competition

The ASE Foundation’s annual Sonographer Investigator’s Award Competition was renamed as the Brian Haluska Sonographer Research Award Competition to honor the late Brian Haluska, PhD, MSC (HONS), MSC, RDCS, AMS, FASE and his incredible contributions to sonographer-led research over the course of his career. Designed to highlight and support sonographer-led research, this annual competition recognizes non-physicians who served as the primary investigator on their project of original research. Four finalists are selected to present their work to a panel of judges during the ASE Annual Scientific Sessions.

2021 Brian Haluska Sonographer Research Award Competition Winner:
Merri Bremer, EdD, RN, ACS, RDCS, FASE, 
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Click here for a list of past Sonographer Investigator’s Award Competition winners.

TomTec Innovator Research Travel Grant

Supported by a grant to the ASE Foundation from TomTec Imaging Systems, this annual award is given to assist a promising young researcher presenting his/her work at the ASE Annual Scientific Sessions. Application is open to investigators under 40 years of age who have an abstract accepted for presentation in one of the following research categories: novel technologies (3D, Doppler, or strain), valvular heart disease, or ventricular function. For more than 20 years, TomTec has driven innovations in echocardiography and the ASE Foundation thanks them for investing in the young researchers who will continue to drive our field forward.

2021 TomTec Innovator Research Grant Recipient:
Alessandra Maria Ferraro, MD
, from Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.